The most stylish designer hotels in the world
They’re usually known for dreaming up dresses, jewellery or suits but many fashion designers want to branch out and make their mark in other areas too.
The current trend: own hotels. Visitors have been welcomed into specially-designed buildings by icons like Giorgio Armani and Donatella Versace and they’ll soon be joined by old masters like Karl Lagerfeld showcasing creativity in wood, marble and concrete.
These are the flashiest designer hotels in the world:
- Palazzo Versace Hotel and Resort
- L’Hôtel Marrakech
- Armani Hotel
- Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
- Planned: Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts
Palazzo Versace Hotel and Resort
Dubai - Donatella Versace
In memory of her late brother Gianni, Donatella Versace designed the Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast of Australia. Recently an even more impressive hotel opened its doors in Dubai calling itself one of the most luxurious in the Middle East. The magnificent building, its interior, and furniture are designed by Donatella, boasting the look of an Italian palace from the 16th century with an Arabic touch.
The 215 hotel rooms and 169 private residences appear in the style of Gianni’s rock-baroque palace in Miami. Built for almost £515 million, as guests enter the building there is a lobby of exquisite marble while in the rooms there are fabrics with falcons and peacocks and the Medusa logo adorns cushions and glasses. It’s in the fine details that this hotel really screams Versace.
Marrakech - Jasper Conran
The British designer Jasper Conran is famous for his work for Lady Diana but he had already designed many womenswear collections and founded the predecessor to London Fashion Week. In early December 2016, he opened his own hotel after buying a 19th century Moroccan riad in Marrakesh and designing it according to his wishes.
L’Hôtel Marrakech includes five suites which surround a patio with a garden and swimming pool. The interior consists of traditional materials while the rooms are furnished with antique furniture, textiles and art from Conran’s own collection. According to the owners, the hotel’s “simple whitewashed walls, high, painted wooden ceilings, warm, soft, relaxing colours and uncluttered decor give a relaxing feeling of magic and tranquillity.”
Dubai - Giorgio Armani
The name Armani stands for luxury and the Italian has designed his hotels in Milan (since 2011) and Dubai (since 2013) according to that motto. The “World Luxury Hotel Awards” voted the venue in the Arab Emirate as the best hotel in the world. Located with excellent views of the unique Burj Khalifa, the designer has applied his minimalist style and shapes to the 160 fine guest rooms and suites.
Seven innovative restaurants pamper visitors’ taste buds with food from across the world map, while guests can splash out on a creation from the hotel’s own Armani stores.
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts
inter alia London - Family Bulgari
Even luxury goods makers Bulgari have firmly brought their style to the hotel business. The brand has already opened buildings in Milan, London and Bali. In 2017 they’ll be followed by hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and of course Dubai. In Milan, the building is located in the heart of the city, the resort in Bali is built on a cliff, while in Shanghai the hotel is located in a 40-storey high-rise.
There is a common flair to the interiors and in all the accommodation, the architects were at pains to realise the Bulgari style and combine contemporary design, magnificent craftsmanship and artistic details.
Planned: Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts
Macau - Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld is the latest fashion guru who wants to break into the hotel industry. With “Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts,” the Hamburg-born designer aims to expand his artistic vision to hotels, restaurants and private clubs.
“Kaiser Karl” has already collected a wealth of experience. He designed lobbies for projects in Toronto and Miami, hotel rooms in Singapore and Paris and the “Odyssey”, a pool and recreation area in the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo. His first private hotel is set to open in Macau next year.